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Departing Lansing Firefighters commended at Village Board meeting

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (November 18, 2020) – At Tuesday night’s Village Board meeting, three former Lansing firefighters were recognized with plaques and a round of applause: Lieutenant Ray Wagner (retired), Firefighter Dave Schmidt (retired), and Firefighter Kent Wagenaar (10 years).

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Chief Kooyenga (far left) presented plaques to (left to right) Dave Schmidt, Ray Wagner, and Kent Wagenaar on Tuesday night as a commendation for their service to the Lansing Fire Department. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Wagner started with the department in 1976, Schmidt in 1998, and Wagenaar in 2010 after five years as a cadet. According to Fire Chief Chad Kooyenga, the men represent the last of the Paid-on-Call personnel at the Lansing Fire Department. Kooyenga described them as the “backbone of our community.”

After the plaque presentation, Wagner presented a check for $4,000 to the Lansing Fire Department Memorial Fund on behalf of the Lansing Paid-on-Call Firefighters.

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The men received a round of applause from the Village Board and the audience. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.